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Foster Stewardship, “balanced approach to creation”: Kenya’s Nuncio to Graduands

Nov 28, 2020

Graduands at a Kenya-based Catholic institution have been urged to foster stewardship in their leadership aspirations, putting to good use religious values for the “special care for God’s creation.”

Global Catholic Peace Movement Alarmed by Violence in Ethiopia, Calls for Peace

Nov 28, 2020

The leadership of Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement, has expressed “great” concerns about the ongoing violent conflict in Ethiopia pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

Members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC). / ACI Africa

Prelate in Sudan Says “We are so far doing well as one Conference” With South Sudan

Nov 17, 2020

Operating under a single Catholic Bishops’ Conference has so far been smooth for Prelates in South Sudan and Sudan even after the former seceded, the Archbishop of Sudan’s Khartoum Archdiocese has told ACI Africa.

The Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa, Andre Atsu. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa.

Catholic Refugee Agency Appeals for Humanitarian Access amid Ethiopia’s Tigray Violence

Nov 14, 2020

The leadership of a Catholic refugee agency with operations in 56 countries worldwide is appealing for humanitarian access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is experiencing violent conflict between the Federal government forces and the paramilitary in the Northern region of the Horn of Africa country.

A map showing the Tigray area in northern Ethiopia. / Associated Press.

Eastern Africa’s Bishops Express Solidarity with Ethiopians amid Fighting in Tigray

Nov 13, 2020

Bishops in Eastern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid reportedly escalating violence pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

Catholic journalists in South Sudan upgrading their skills at a workshop organized by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). / ACI Africa

Regional Conference Equips Journalists in South Sudan with COVID-19 Reporting Skills

Sep 30, 2020

The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), the Kenya-based regional conference of Catholic Bishops in nine countries, has facilitated a skills-based training of Catholic journalists in South Sudan, which involved the building their capacities in radio production, fact checking and reporting on COVID-19.

Some graduates during the Convocation ceremony of the academic year 2020/2021 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, Kenya. / Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

Regional Catholic University in Kenya Staff Lauded for Bearing with "painful decisions"

Sep 24, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has lauded the personnel engaged at the Kenya-based institution for bearing with the “painful decisions” of downward salary adjustments or even unpaid leave taken amid COVID-19 challenges.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at SECAM's Golden Jubilee in Uganda in 2019.

SECAM Leadership Defers Annual Collection amid COVID-19 Challenges

Jul 27, 2020

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has announced that the usual annual collection of funds to support the symposium activities on the continent will not happen this year due to COVID-19 challenges.

Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa who died Friday, July 24.

Tanzania’s Former President Mourned as “a man of faith, a dedicated Pan-Africanist”

Jul 24, 2020

Tanzania’s former President Benjamin William Mkapa, a Catholic who was at the forefront of brokering peace deals during conflicts in Africa, is being eulogized as a “man of faith” and “a dedicated Pan-Africanist” following his death in the country’s largest city and former capital, Dar es Salaam.

Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, Pastoral Coordinator for the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). / Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

One-stop Virtual Counseling to Respond to COVID-19 Challenges in AMECEA Region

Jul 22, 2020

People weighed down by COVID-19 challenges in Kenya have, for the past three months, found solace by speaking to counsellors through an online virtual service launched by Archdiocese of Nyeri and the Diocese of Kitui in the East African country.

Members of SECAM  at the opening Mass of the Golden Jubilee Celebration in Uganda in July 2019.

Why First Sunday of August is Meant to be Important for the Church in Africa

Jul 14, 2020

The first Sunday of next month, August 2, is meant to be important for the people of God in Africa because the Catholic Bishops on the continent are expected to preside over the day of their common forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Lawrence Chakwera, Malawi's newly elected president.

Bishops in Malawi Congratulate Newly Elected President, Hail Electoral Process

Jun 28, 2020

Bishops in the southeastern African nation of Malawi have congratulated the country’s newly elected President, Lazarus Chakwera, following his victory in the presidential election rerun of June 23 and hailed various stakeholders in the electoral process for overseeing the poll.  

“The Elephant in the House: Leadership and Future Sustainability of Church Media Projects in Eastern Africa” by Fr. Andrew Kaufa. / Fr. Andrew Kaufa

Why “Catholic media institutions (in Africa) rarely survive beyond founders”: New Book

Jun 23, 2020

Church-run projects in Eastern Africa and across the continent struggle to survive beyond their founders owing to gaps in succession planning and management, a Religious Cleric based in Kenya has explained in a new book set to be launched in the “coming weeks” at one of the Catholic institutions of higher learning in the East African country.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Best Regional Memorial for Africa Award, 2020 edition. / Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

After Midwifing Victory of ICC Law Award, Catholic University Lecturer Explains Benefits

Jun 22, 2020

The faculty member of the Kenya-based Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) who guided law students in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot competition where they scooped the Best Regional Memorial for Africa Award, 2020 edition, has shared with ACI Africa about the benefits of the prize.

Plans Underway to Celebrate Laudato Si' Week in Africa amid COVID-19 Restrictions

May 15, 2020

Plans are underway in Africa to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, Laudato Si’ through a series of activities, which the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa) is spearheading amid COVID-19 restrictions, officials involved in organizing the weeklong event dubbed “Laudato Si’ Week” have told ACI Africa.

Fr. Joseph Healey, popularly known as Mwanajumuiya Padri Joseph has specialised in Small Christian Communities through research and practice.

Maryknoll Cleric Growing Online Small Christian Communities amid Kenya’s COVID-19 Measures

Apr 21, 2020

Saturdays are usually busy days for Ben Wanjala, the moderator of St. Kizito Small Christian Community (SCC) at St. Austin’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.

The Entrance to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Catholic Universities in Africa Embracing Virtual Learning after Closure over COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Catholic-run institutions of higher learning in Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon and in other African countries have taken to technology-based virtual learning to help students interact with their lecturers in the safety of their homes as various governments on the continent take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the new disease caused by coronavirus.

Health Personnel checks the temperature of a traveller in coronavirus screening at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

Church in Africa Cancels Six Major Events as Cases of COVID-19 Add Up

Mar 13, 2020

With deaths related to the novel coronavirus hitting over 3,000 and 64 countries, including 10 African nations confirming cases of the virus, different Church and secular events scheduled to take place on the continent have been cancelled or postponed. Below are some of the events that have been cancelled.  

Entrance to the Uzima University College

Kenya-Based Catholic Medical School Defends Its Credibility After Closure

Mar 13, 2020

Following last week’s closure of a Kenya-based Catholic medical institution, the leadership of the facility has, in a Wednesday, March 11 statement, defended its credibility, blaming the state of things to biased and contradictory reports from multiple agencies.

AMECEA Secretary General, Fr. Anthony Makunde (seated middle) with Child Protection Officers drawn from various member conferences of Bishops within AMECEA region. They met in Nakuru, Kenya from March 3, 2020. / Sr. Jecinter Okoth/ AMECEA

AMECEA Child Protection Officers Committed to Stopping “children from shedding tears”

Mar 5, 2020

A year after the inaugural global summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church that saw the Holy Father instruct Bishops’ conferences across the globe to review and strengthen child protection guidelines, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has been having a three-day meeting aimed at assessing the progress and impact of the policies in the various member countries.